Crusted Corned Beef with Roasted Cabbage, Bacon and Stout Reduction
Bye bye boiled beef and soggy cabbage! This is definitely NOT your grandmother's recipe. This updated twist on the classic Irish dish combines our slow-cooked premium Corned Beef with oven roasted cabbage wedges topped with crispy bacon, and finished with a stout-pomegranate reduction. It's enough to make the Pied Piper stop piping and pull up a chair.
- For the Corned Beef:
- 3 pounds Stemple Creek Grass Fed Corned Beef
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbls. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 2 Tbls. cider vinegar
- 2 bay leaves
- For the Roasted Cabbage with Bacon:
- 1 head organic green cabbage
- 1 head organic purple cabbage
- olive oil
- sea salt & ground pepper
- 1 pound Stemple Creek pork bacon
- For the Pomegranate-Stout Reduction
- 1/2 cup stout beer (like Lagunitas Imperial Stout)
- 1/2 cup pomegranate vinegar
- 2 Tbls. pomegranate juice
- 2 Tbls. brown sugar
For the Corned Beef:
- Place corned beef, fat side up, in a slow cooker.
- Combine garlic, sugar and pepper. Rub on top of the meat.
- Place the vinegar and bay leaf in the slow cooker. Add water to the cooker about 1/4 way up the beef (about 1 cup depending on the size of the cooker).
- Place lid on the slow cooker and braise on low setting for 8 hours.
Roasted Cabbage with Bacon and Pomegranate-Stout Reduction
*About one (1) hour before the corned beef is done cooking, start preparing the roasted cabbage.
- Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
- Wash cabbage heads. Cut out stem and remove. Cut the cabbages in half, and then into quarters (you will have 4 wedges per cabbage).
- Place the wedges on the baking sheet. Brush the surface of each wedge with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
- Cut uncooked bacon strips in half. Lay strips over each cabbage wedge to cover the top (3-4 slices per wedge).
- Bake on center oven rack for 40-45 minutes or until cabbage is tender, and bacon is crispy (the outer leaves may be a little charred.) While the cabbage roasts, make the reduction sauce.
- Remove roasted cabbages from the oven. Plate the cabbage and drizzle with Stout-Pomegranate reduction. Serve immediately.
- In a small saucepan combine the stout, pomegranate vinegar, pomegranate juice, and brown sugar. Simmer on medium-low heat and reduce until sauce is thickened and syrupy (about 12-15 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.
COOKING NOTES: If the top of the corned beef isn't browned to your liking, put the meat under a broiler for 1-2 minutes.